Gurugram: Amid the novel coronavirus scare, the Haryana government has postponed a state-level all-woman marathon here scheduled for March 8 to mark the International Women's Day.
The step has been taken as a precautionary measure after a 26-year-old Paytm employee working in the city was confirmed positive for novel coronavirus. The patient has been admitted to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi and the company has closed its office for two days to sanitise its premises.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday evening, OP Singh, principal secretary of Sports and Youth Affairs Department and Special Officer of Chief Minister informed that the state government has decided to postpone the marathon to prevent the spread of the virus.
"With experts advising against mass gathering to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the state government decided to put the public health concern ahead of everything. Keep watching this space, Gurugram Marathon 2020 will return to Gurugram soon with new date," read his tweet.
Till Wednesday, 81,806 women had registered to participate in the marathon. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was to be the chief guest on the occasion. However, it went all downhill and the event was to be called off.
While thanking people for their enthusiasm for the marathon, Singh tweeted, "Thank you Gurugram for owning Gurugram Marathon. Memes, flashmobs, promotional runs, musical, street-corner meeting, it is a case study in outreach. 81,806 women registered themselves for the event, unheard of anywhere in South Asia."